Rusted Plymouth expected to auction for up to $700,000
Would you bid on this vintage American brute?
Have you ever wanted to own a slice of American automotive history for an affordable price? Well, I'm afraid this EV2 Tor Red 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible is not the answer you've been searching for as it has a predicted auction price of $500-700,000 USD at Mecum's upcoming auction in July. Every inch of the exterior you can see, including the body panels and the Rallye wheels, has never been replaced or modified. Well, the decal on the rear panel being the only exception.
One of seventeen, worldwide
Yes, just 17 convertibles fitted with this engine were produced worldwide due to the diminished demand of high-performance muscle. It gets even better as just two of these vehicles were exported to foreign markets, this example being one of them. The story behind it is quite fascinating too as this muscular classic was locked away in a shipping container for 35 years, where it saw daylight once again a several years ago.
The ancient heart is still beating
The drivetrain and mechanical components were restored but the rusted and faded exterior remains untouched. It is unclear to what extent the A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission and the 440 6-BBL have been restored. The entirety of the 385hp V8 is packaged under a Shaker hood that was installed post-assembly.
The interior is in much better shape
The leather of the bucket seats and dashboard seems to be in decent condition overall. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the door panels or the glovebox, which appear to be coated in dirt . The centre console, radio-delete and the Slap Stik shifter are all straight off the assembly line from factory and remain unmodified. The vehicle even comes with a matching black top roof!
Would you bid on this American classic?
You have until the 10th of July to decide whether or not this Plymouth is worthy of your garage space... and possibly your kidney.
Thanks for reading and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.